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LAMP ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNIZED WITH LANTERN AWARD – Lamp Environmental
Industries, Inc., an environmental waste disposal company in Hammond, was
recognized recently with a Lantern Award by Louisiana Economic Development
(LED) and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executive Association. Pictured
are, from left, Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess; State Sen.
Ben Nevers; Governor Kathleen Blanco; Don Hutchinson, LED secretary; Sherry
Shilling and Art Shilling of Lamp Environmental; Skip Smart, LED assistant
secretary; and Larry Fannaly, Lamp Environmental.
SUPPLY RECOGNIZED WITH LANTERN AWARD – Smitty’s Supply, Inc. of Roseland,
an auto parts and lubricant supplier, was recognized recently with a Lantern
Award by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Industrial
Development Executive Association. Pictured are, from left, Tangipahoa
Parish President Gordon Burgess; George Ann Smith of Smitty’s; Governor
Kathleen Blanco; Don Hutchinson, LED secretary; Ed Smith of Smitty’s; David
Kane, LED director of transporation and logistics; and George Smith of
TWO TANGI BUSINESSES HONORED WITH LANTERN AWARDS
HAMMOND -- Two Tangipahoa Parish-based
businesses – Smitty’s Supply, Inc. and Lamp Environmental Industries, Inc.
– were honored Thursday (May 27) evening with Lantern Awards based on their
contributions to the economy of Louisiana.
Both companies were nominated for the
awards by the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation (TEDF) and the
Southeast Louisiana Business Center, operated by Southeastern Louisiana
University. Sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana
Industrial Development Executive Association, the awards were presented
at ceremonies held at the Governor’s Mansion.
“This is the first time any area businesses
have been cited with this prestigious award, and we are quite proud that
two of the 12 awards presented went to Tangipahoa-based businesses,” said
TEDF Executive Director Bob Basford. “The Lantern award winners are generally
recognized as businesses that help achieve a vibrant and balanced economy
and employ a well-educated and trained workforce.”
Based in Roseland, Smitty’s Supply
won the top award in the logistics/transporation category. The company
is an auto parts and lubricant supplier and manufactures Super S, SureGuard
and other private label lubricants. The company, founded in 1969 by the
late Ray Smith and his wife George Ann and now operated by the Smith family,
provides products to all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The company
employs nearly 200 workers.
Lamp Environmental Industries, Inc.
(LEI) is located in Hammond and won the Lantern Award in the environmental
technology category. The company, led by president and owner Art Shilling,
is a treatment, storage and disposal facility that provides a full range
of environmental services nationwide. Incorporated in 1994, LEI pioneered
an economical and effective process of recycling spent mercury lamps, resulting
in a reduction of mercury pollution to land and waterways. The company,
which employs 30 workers, also manages a variety of other hazardous wastes.
Earlier this year the company received two awards recognizing its environmental
“Both of these companies represent
the best of businesses in our area and certainly reflect that this region
is ideal for economic development,” said William Joubert, director of the
Southeast Louisiana Business Center. “We have all the ingredients for growth,
including a strong transportation infrastructure, considerable land for
construction and expansion, and an eager and dedicated workforce.”
The Southeast Louisiana Business Center
opened last year in a building purchased by the university and located
adjacent to the campus at 1514 Martens Drive. The center is a one-stop-shop
for businesses looking to relocate or expand in the area. Tenants include
the university’s Small Business Development Center, the Southeastern Business
Research Center, TEDF, Hammond Industrial Development Board and small start-up
businesses operating in a business incubator.